More on Monet- Eminent interview

This year, I really wanted to get an interview with somebody who was not a friend or an acquaintance as I found out last year that it didn’t really help me understand my eminent better. The best way to do it would be to find somebody as close to your eminent as possible. Seeing as Monet has been dead for nearly a century, I figured his relatives wouldn’t know too much about him. I went down another step to the art historians and biographers. Through their extensive research into Monet’s life they might be able to give me some insight on Monet as a person.

My first email was sent to the Vancouver Art Gallery, seeing as they had put together a spectacular exhibit on Claude Monet the year before. For several days there was no reply. I assumed that they either ignored my email or that it didn’t go through.

My next email was sent to a Canadian biographer named Ross King who had written a book called Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies. I didn’t really expect a reply either, but as I was searching for more people who had in-depth understandings of Claude Monet Mr. King replied saying that he would love to talk about Monet.

Dear Mr. King,

My name is Michelle Yang, and I am a grade 10 student studying at Gleneagle Secondary School in British Columbia, Canada. I am part of a gifted education program called TALONS and we have a yearly recurring project called an Eminent person study. This year I have selected the esteemed Claude Monet and have been asked to conduct an interview regarding him.
I would like to ask about your book “Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies,” and what you believe to be eminent about Monet, as well as how he’s affected the younger generation of artists after him.
If you have any further questions about this assignment, please, do not hesitate and feel free to contact me via this email. Your assistance would be much appreciated and I greatly look forward to learning more about Monet.
Michelle Yang

By the time I had secured the interview and had set a day and time, the Vancouver Art Gallery finally replied. An office assistant told me that the curators were too busy for the interview and provided with some additional resources, including information which had been used in the actual exhibition.

I had thought the interview would be quite quick— a famous author wouldn’t want to bother with a high school student, right? I was wrong. My home phone ran out of battery halfway into the interview, and I had to run and grab another fully charged phone. Then, Mr. King talked for another 30 minutes. I was overwhelmed and impressed with the sheer amount of information he gave me. Questions such as “How did the deaths of Camille and Alice affect Monet?” gave me elaborate answers and extensive knowledge. 

This is the link to my notes from the interview. They’re kind of a mess but I think they’ll definitely help anyone interested in Monet.

I was really blown away by this interview and was really glad to have done this. Last year I didn’t know who to interview and ended up with an acquaintance who didn’t give me any insight into my eminent person. I was glad to have done this not only for eminent, but out of my own love for Monet. If I had any advice to pass on to this year’s nines it would be to keep trying, and not be nervous or afraid of conducting your interview. You’ll get so, so much more out of your eminent person study if you enjoy it!

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the 3 wise nuggs

I interviewed an English teacher for this assignment and she gave me some really valuable insight.

Stick it out. Teaching isn’t an easy career. There’s so much preparation; you have to love this job. Teachers who’ve passed the 7 year mark tend to teach for life. Don’t limit your teaching to school; think outside the box, like teaching online and tutoring.

-The subject doesn’t matter, the connection with your students does.

-There’s still a high demand for teachers. This is because the students still need human connection: it’s not a job which can be replaced by computers

Monet’s intro

Claude Monet is an ingenious painter who revolutionized the world of art through Impressionism. Though mocked for his paintings being mere “impressions,” these works of art truly “impressed” me. His father, a grocer, disapproved of his career into art and didn’t support him painting. I believe this is an almost universal problem for artists everywhere—it’s hard to make a living selling paintings.

I was first drawn to Monet when I saw his paintings in the Museum of Modern Art in New York back in March. The vibrant colours of the landscapes and the people within them seemed so cheerful and lighthearted, and the picture he painted of France was that of a beautiful, serene country. Just looking at his art made me think that I wanted to visit France’s countryside.

During the month of August, when many grade 10s were starting to think of Eminent and who to choose, the first person who popped into my mind was Monet. He is undoubtedly eminent; he was a founder of a major art movement. And when I have my mind set on something, I dislike changing it. Despite gender and race barriers, I think that I can relate to many of Monet’s other qualities, such as his fascination with the natural world and colour and his determination to keep painting despite oppression.

The main barrier separating Monet and I is gender. However, I think that other similarities can account for this point. Our mutual interest in art and strong passion for the natural world are what really matters. Our library field trip further enforced this decision; as I flipped through books on Monet I found that he was even more eminent than I originally thought 2 months ago. I realized that common interests can transcend gender.

The main obstacle in my path is not only the harsh competition in the world of art, but also my parents’ reluctance in me pursuing such a career. Even though I can remember drawing and painting as early as the age of 4, not once have my parents voiced their approval at my dream. I don’t think I’ll follow this career path, seeing as there is a certain amount of talent, and possibly even luck, necessary. The real world isn’t so forgiving, either. Those without talent will be ultimately weeded out, and I can’t profess to having great prowess for art, just a strong passion for it.

I want to learn more about Claude Monet’s art and his passion for it, thereby furthering my own knowledge in art. As well, I’m hoping to discover more about the way that I view and create art. This is also one of my IEP goals: to further my passion in art. I can tell that Eminent this year will be bittersweet as it is the tens’ last year, but it will definitely be a lot of fun. It’s also really exciting to enter this project from a new point of view and being able to watch I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s Eminent projects and seeing how I’ll grow from this experience.